Sat. Nov 28th, 2020

RAJ BHAVAN DECLINES TO FURBISH, GOVERNOR’S EXPENSES INCURRED ON OFFICIAL TOURS

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COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST GOA RAJ BHAVAN FOR NOT FURNISHING INFO UNDER RTI

Adv. Aires Rodrigues has filed a complaint with the Goa State Information Commission against the Goa Raj Bhavan for not furnishing the information sought by him under the Right to Information Act. The Public information Officer and the Secretary to the Goa Governor have been named respondents in the complaint.

Adv. Rodrigues in his application on 19th October to the Public Information Officer at the Goa Raj Bhavan had sought information on details of official tours and trips within India and overseas by the Governor and her family from the day she assumed office as Governor on 31st August 2014 to date and the total expenditure incurred on each of the tour and trip.

Adv. Rodrigues had also sought details of the unofficial tours and trips within India and overseas by the Governor and her family from the day she assumed office as Governor on 31st August 2014 to date paid for by Goa Government or Raj Bhavan and the total expenditure incurred on each of the tour and trip.

Adv. Rodrigues had further sought details of guests including VIPs, VVIPs and others who stayed at the Raj Bhavan from 31st August 2014 to date and the expenditure incurred on each such guest during their stay giving break up expenditure on stay, food, travel.

Also sought by Adv. Rodrigues were details of vehicles purchased for the Raj Bhavan from 31st August 2014 to date and the expenditure incurred on the purchase of each of the vehicle.

Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint filed before the State Information Commission has pointed out that though the mandated time of 30 days specified  in  the RTI Act has elapsed the Raj Bhavan has not furnished the information sought by him nor has responded to his  application.

Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint has further stated that it was very deplorable that the Goa Raj Bhavan instead of leading by example has been scuttling an Act which was enacted to ensure transparency and accountability in the functioning of the Government.

Adv. Rodrigues has stated that this high-handed stand taken by Goa Raj Bhavan was unacceptable and it cannot be allowed to breach its constitutional obligation of having to comply with the law.

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